Stop Right There!

Stop Right There!

The final post taken during my September 2015 trip to New York City. After an sunrise walk downtown (see previous post), I took the subway back to the hotel. The station had sculptures of little policemen all around the platform. It is hard to brighten up a subway stations, but these little guys sure did.

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Sunrise Tower

Sunrise Tower

Frank Gehry is one of the most famous living American architects. I watched this tower on Spruce St in New York go up across several visits to the city. My eye is always drawn to skyscrapers, and as it was clear that this building would have such a unique form, I always looked for it. The wavy front almost makes it looks like it is waving like a flag and not strong and stationary.
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Papaya Dog

Papya Dog

Sometimes the best part of a visit isn’t the famous sights, but rather just soaking in the entire vibe of a city with people you care about. In September last year, I was in NYC with my parents and we were able to spend a full day wandering about the city. We saw and did a lot, but the walk uptown sticks in my head. The mood was good, we laughed a lot, and I turned and shot this picture.

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BoA

Bank of America Tower

I have always been fascinated by skyscrapers. In fact, some of my first pictures I ever took as a kid were of skyscrapers in Philadelphia. I think it is the drama of a skyline, how humankind has managed to build something so massive, so high. It amazes me how one building can dramatically alter a cityscape – like changes to the Manhattan skyline since 2001 or the addition of the Comcast Tower to the Philadelphia skyline.

For someone who loves skyscrapers, Manhattan is heaven. There have been so many new buildings built over the past few years. On a recent visit to New York City, I was walking at night and passed under the 1,200 ft Bank of America tower – the 4th largest building in NYC. The glass facade is really lit nicely at night. The sky was cloudy and the light was reflecting in a very cool way. I wished I had my camera with me. Thankfully cell phones have pretty good cameras and I was able to get a snapshot.

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